Samsung Galaxy S8: no 3.5mm jack, fingerprint embedded in display, ditches PenTile display

An artistic concept for the Samsung Galaxy S8

An artistic concept for the Samsung Galaxy S8


The Samsung Galaxy S8 is expected to be unveiled to the general public at the end of February 2017, at the 2017 Mobile World Congress (MWC), but today, some three months before the big event, some interesting details about the phone have surfaced.

There are three big and controversial news about the Galaxy S8: first, it will get rid of the 3.5mm headphone jack in favor of a wireless future, but also to free up space for additional components and / or larger battery; second, it will get rid of the physical home button and replace the fingerprint scanner with an optical finger recognition system built inside the display; third, it will kill the PenTile Diamond pixel arrangement in favor of the traditional RGB color arrangement. The latter will make the screen appear more detailed, while retaining the same 1440 x 2560-pixel (Quad HD) resolution.

And yes: the Samsung Galaxy S8 will also have a USB-C port for charging and syncing the device.

With this in mind, let's expand a bit on each of these new features. First, the display. Thankfully, all those wacky rumors about the possibility of a 4K display are refuted. Why are we so glad about this? Simple: except for VR you really don't need a 4K display on your phone, as one can barely tell how much sharper a Quad HD screen looks against a Full HD one. What will improve in the Galaxy S8, however, is the number of pixels: previously, Galaxy phones shipped with Super AMOLED displays with the diamond pixel arrangement. At a Quad HD resolution, this worked out to 7,372,800 sub-pixels on the screen (counting not only the individual pixels, but the sub-pixels that make each pixel). On the Galaxy S8 with its new RGB color arrangement, you will have a massive 11,059,200 sub-pixels, which is 50% more.

Next, the removal of the headphone jack will upset a lot of people and we're curious to see how Samsung will motivate such a move. What it can also result in is a thinner phone, bigger battery and / or the inclusion of stereo speakers. Not the worst of trade-offs.

Finally, the new USB Type-C will make the Galaxy S8 compatible with the latest Gear VR by Samsung, while still allowing for standardized fast charging solutions for the battery.

All in all, this lifts the cover of mystery over the Galaxy S8 a bit, but keep in mind that such early leaks should not be considered official in any way. Samsung is expected to unveil the Galaxy S8 at MWC in late February and we'll likely be seeing many more leaks until then.

source: SamMobile 1, 2, 3

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134 Comments

1. Ticklemyfancy

Posts: 214; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

I hope that they don't ditch the headphone Jack. Otherwise, it's gonna be a fine phone .

18. Kumar123 unregistered

They will ditch the headphone Jack, that's for sure. They have to follow every move Apple made otherwise they wouldn't be samesung anymore. BTW, I've been saying that pentile display are crap for the longest time. Finally they'll ditch the pentile crap and move to RGB. The thing that they finally move from pentile to RGB proves that they finally admit that RGB is superior to pentle crap all along. Atleast they are doing something good.

29. maherk

Posts: 6684; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

In other words, I have to start defending Amoled panels because soon Apple will follow Samsung and I need to assure everyone in here that I no longer find Amoled panels as cartoonish and oversaturated. Here, I fixed that for you ;)

140. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 960; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

How are Amoled screens oversaturated when they have almost perfect white balance and color accuracy? Samsung devices have a calibrated "Basic Mode" in the display settings to tame the wild colors.

151. bino307

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 17, 2015

Why not following Motorola for removing headphone jack? Apple not the first company to remove headphone jack. Can you update your phone list in your profile? I want to see what did you owned and what you use now, to understand your way of writing comments.

155. dazed1

Posts: 777; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

You have no clue, pentile on high res is great, and the disadvantage is not noticeable at all, but ofc you have to spread bs in order to make yourself look smart.

81. rocketman1

Posts: 99; Member since: May 07, 2016

They need to not remove the hj and stand their ground to show that apples move was horrible. Removing hdmi micro sd card magnetic port on the mbp was a stupid decision. Their greed knows no end. We need to demand that Samsung not remove the hj. The other 3 phones out there that dont have the hj have heard rumors and decided they will be cool if they do what apple does. In every which way a hj is needed. And not only for headphones.

2. blueyzfr6

Posts: 28; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

I hope they bring back the IR remote. I use mine daily, and the S6 was the last to have it.

52. Darkkracker

Posts: 255; Member since: Jun 11, 2016

I second that. that was the most used feature of anything else on a smartphone. now adays, the only manufacturer is LG but there phones are garbage. after six months they lag an sputter.

3. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1791; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Haven't used my headphone jack since the S4 so that doesn't bother me, looking forward to the new screen configuration with built-in fingerprint scanner... Hopefully the iris scanner is built in too!

4. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Now l can imagine a flagship smartphone in the next 5 years or less will be buttonless and portless.

5. maherk

Posts: 6684; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

While I don't find myself using the 3.5mm headphone jack anymore, I will never defend such a greedy and stupid move. OEMs need to stop forcing people into things they don't want, give us options not restrict them.

6. Landon

Posts: 1232; Member since: May 07, 2015

I'm torn about the headphone jack. It is old technology, but yet still very important to a lot of us who have headphones (some rather expensive) that use the 3.5mm standard. The whole wireless charging thing is still not for me. Why would I take my case off and have it charge slower on the wireless charger when I could just plug it in?

8. Dresko

Posts: 6; Member since: Jul 08, 2016

I have an oppo ma2 amp which uses usb so no audio jack is fine for me

10. wando77

Posts: 1166; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

I for one use by so I'd like the 4k screen. Why the hell would you want to hold back tech unless it's because it would show up the iPhone even more

11. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Whelp.... I guesss its an S7 Edge this year.

12. Skimshaddy

Posts: 126; Member since: Feb 23, 2016

Why bother to remove it while half other people are still using it. WTH!

13. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3090; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

" it will get rid of the 3.5mm headphone jack in favor of a wireless future, but also to free up space for additional components and / or larger battery" very stupid and lame excuse to ditch the 3.5mm jack. What next? Remove the power and volume buttons to make space for additional components? smh.

66. maherk

Posts: 6684; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I hope this is just one of the stupid romours that we usually get, because Samsung must have learned a lesson by now that phone thickness is the last thing on consumer's interests, and how it was a major reason for the Note 7's battery issues.

133. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3090; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Agreed. Hope for the best.

14. randomCommenter69

Posts: 12; Member since: May 03, 2016

I hope they dont take away the 3.5mm jack. I do find it annoying that I cant listen to music/youtube while my iPhone 7 is charging. This is why I still keep my S Edge Plus. (iPhone 7 from company). And I still do love the punchier colors of the Super AMOLED compared to the somewhat sharper image (at times) of the iPhone's screen. I just need to wait for the next gen Google Pixel with some form of water resistance.

17. MingLiangChen

Posts: 329; Member since: Jul 06, 2012

Which AMOLED displays on phones aren't Pentile so far? Is this the first ever?

19. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Apple did, the others follow.

31. sissy246

Posts: 6959; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Just like Apple did. Apple was not the first to remove it.

24. drifter77

Posts: 400; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

Samsung needs to focus on the S8 after the whole Note7 dilemma. - Keep the 3.5 mm jack - No need for 4k screen, QHD is enough and already sips battery like crazy - Bigger battery because the S7 had average battery life - Optimize software more - USB-C port - Keep waterproofing and introduce shatter proof protection

80. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Optime the snapdragon version the same way you optimize the exynos version. Xiaomi mi 5 had better battery on a slight bigger screen with the so called "inefficient" LCD display than Samsung's S7 sd820... This tells me that the 820 family just needs optimization.

25. Amir123a

Posts: 119; Member since: Aug 27, 2016

I LOVE the news. Also, that confirms as well: In about 3 years all headphones will have usb type c connector. Get used to your 3.5 to usb type c adapter or look for new upcoming headphones with usb type c.

36. sissy246

Posts: 6959; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

It's all rumors and I don't see them ditching it, at least not in the S8 or note 8 this year.

38. kryme

Posts: 468; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

Hate that move Sammy... I got the ip7+ and I miss the headphone jack

43. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 725; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

No Samsung no. Don't follow this bullsh*t single usb c port trend. PLEASE.

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